|3.4 XK140||Birch Grey|
|Drop Head Coupe||Red|
|Left Hand Drive|
|Hoffmann New York, USA|
|28 January 1955||United States|
|1956||Old English White|
35 more photos below ↓
Record Creation: Entered on 20 February 2021.
Photos of A817188
Click slide for larger image. This car has 36 photos. (Dates are when image was uploaded.)
Exterior Photos (6)
Interior Photos (2)
Details Photos: Exterior (13)
Uploaded February 2021:
Detail Photos: Interior (11)
Uploaded February 2021:
Detail Photos: Engine (3)
Detail Photos: Other (1)
We now require an email address to leave a comment. Your IP will be recorded in an effort to reduce spam. (Report problem posts here.)
2021-02-20 02:31:09 | Reno writes:
car was sold on the brightwells auction, last year:
Total nut-and-bolt restoration to show-winning condition 30 years ago and sparingly used since; current owner since 1989; original LHD American dry state car; never goes out in the rain; lovely condition all round
This very early Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe is among the first 200 made in LHD out of 2,789 Dropheads built in total. The Heritage Certificate shows that it was completed on 28th January 1955 and was originally Birch Grey with red trim. Despatched new to Hoffmans of New York, it was to remain in the USA until 1988 when our vendor acquired it.
A rust-free car from a dry American state, it was then treated to a body-off restoration which took five years to complete. The chassis was shot blasted, painted and liberally waxoiled inside and out – a large quantity of desert sand being disgorged in the process! To the vendor’s annoyance, it turned out that the rear wings were made of fibreglass and as replacement panels were hard to come by in those days, two new wings were expertly hand-made in steel and a new alloy boot skin was also fitted before it was treated to a bare metal repaint in Old English White. The interior was completely retrimmed by Aldridge Trimming with new red leather seat covers and a new top-quality Mohair hood lined in wool.
The engine was stripped and rebuilt with new piston rings, main and big end bearings, core plugs, gaskets etc. All other mechanical aspects of the car were overhauled as necessary (brakes, steering, suspension etc) with many new parts fitted, as detailed in various invoices on file.
Finally returned to the road in 1993, the car has only covered some 600 miles since the restoration was completed (as evidenced by various old MOTs) and we are told that it has never been out in the rain. Starting promptly and running nicely as we moved it around for these photos, it has an MOT until November 2021 with just a few minor advisories relating to the front suspension ball joints/track rod end dust covers.